Essay on Analysis Of ' A Life Beyond ' Do What You Love '

1162 Words Nov 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Most people’s automatic reaction when thinking about their future occupation is to consider what they love doing to be the top priority. However, Gordon Marino, professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College and editor of “The Quotable Kierkegaard”, believes that this should not be the case. He wrote on the subject in his article titled “A Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love’”, which was published in The New York Times on May 17, 2014. His purpose in writing this article was to express his thoughts on the ethicality of choosing love over necessity and to advise those people on jobs and people thinking about future occupational options. Mr. Marino argues that the statement “do what you love” is an elitist aspect of our culture that degrades the inherent value of work and severs connections between work, talent, and duty. He supports his argument through his anecdotes denoting his personal experience, continuous appeals to authorities, his use of deductive reasoning, and through procatalepsis.
Marino uses anecdotes detailing his personal experience about choosing love several times in his article in support of his argument. He opens the article with an anecdote that establishes his authority as a person who advises students on career choices and then clarifies that he is, in fact, an occupational counselor. He recounts a humorous event in which a student was wondering what to do with his life after graduation. The student was stuck between becoming a doctor or a philosophy professor,…

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